Yankees manager Joe Girardi knows he eventually needs to rest Alex Rodriguez. He has seen firsthand what happens when Rodriguez plays too often while recovering from right hip surgery — he slumps at the plate and loses some mobility at third base.But Girardi has also come to realize exactly what a few days off can do for Rodriguez. Since Girardi sat Rodriguez for back-to-back games against the Marlins in Miami, the slugging third baseman has come alive both at the plate and in the field. Rodriguez launched his second home run in as many days — and his fourth in six games — on Wednesday night, once again giving the Yankees a lead in the late innings. On Wednesday, the lead held, setting up a 4-2 win over the Mariners.
It begs a difficult question for any manager — when is the right time to bench a player when he’s hitting so well? Though Girardi would rather not have to face it, Rodriguez will eventually have to sit. Until then, the Yankees just hope he keeps hitting.
“It’s not easy, I can tell you that, but it is important,” Girardi said of finding time to sit Rodriguez. “It is hard not having his bat in the lineup, but we have enough capable hitters that we should be able to pick him up.”
Iron Man hd In his past seven games, Rodriguez is 10-for-23 (.435) with four home runs and 13 RBIs. This surge comes after a dreadful three-week skid in which he hit just .176 with two homers and nine RBIs, prompting Girardi to give his star third baseman two days off.
Saw dvd The plan then was to rest Rodriguez one game each week until the All-Star break. Those specific plans appear to have been abandoned, but Girardi has stressed throughout this week that he’ll make sure to give Rodriguez the time he needs, hoping to avoid another long slump.
The Good Thief on dvd There is no doubt the rest has benefited Rodriguez. As he struggled at the plate, Rodriguez was visibly having trouble with his surgically repaired hip. He did not run well and had increasingly limited mobility at third. Immediately after his days off, Rodriguez seemed as lively and strong as he had all season thus far.
Girardi will have a few more options with the lineup now that Hinske is on board (as long as they’re willing to play him at third). The team can also offer A-Rod a day at DH each week, like they did last night, so that they can keep his bat in the lineup while resting his legs a bit. Additionally, Girardi can be creative and sit Alex on days that feature CC on the mound against a bad team. At least that way, on those particular days where CC can be trusted to dominate the opposition, A-Rod’s powerful bat won’t be as much of a necessity (we can only hope). The bottom line is that Girardi can definitely find specific days and certain ways to rest A-Rod while minimizing the loss of his offensive production, however, it’s just a matter of buckling down and actually doing it—even when he’s hitting anything and everything like he is now.
Furthermore, while a few off-days will certainly help Alex, he has apparently benefited from cutting down his pre-game routine a considerable amount, as well. Hopefully, by limiting his pre-game regimen and by providing him with ample resting opportunities, A-Rod will remain healthy for the rest of the young season. The Yankees cannot afford to lose him for a prolonged period of time as it would be a catastrophic blow (dramatic, I know). For that reason, caution is key.
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